Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele tells the story behind the Hawaiian love song Ua Like No A Like (Sweet Constancy or My Heart’s Choice). Published in 1882, the song was written by Alice Everett, a contemporary of Queen Lili’uokalani. Sung as a duet, the song was also used as a solo by island prima donnas. In 1915, Hawaiian musicians touring at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco made the song popular.
As noted in the book Hawaiian Music and Musicians by George Kanahele, “few Hawaiian songs have been recorded more frequently in so many different ways and by so many varied artists.” For example, Royal Hawaiian Bandmaster Henry Berger’s arrangement is different than Charles E. King’s arrangement of 1916, and the translations are different. My arrangement uses the most popular first of two original verses and original English poetry.
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Native Hawaiian Mele Fong from Maui is an experienced educator and professional entertainer with over 50 years experience playing the ‘ukulele – Hawaii’s official instrument. Are UKE having fun yet? Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way!